When it comes to creativity, the hot rod scene isn’t lacking, but there are times when you come across a vehicle that’s the product of such phenomenal imagination, that you just can’t lump it in with the rest. That’s the case with this 1937 Ford Coupe built by Ed Umland and the guys at his dream factory, Eddie’s Chop Shop in Orangevale, California. All traditional on the outside, this fine piece of hot rod artwork is much more than what first impressions may lead you to believe. Check it out in the video above.
The ‘37 Coupe has been a long time in the making. Umland first introduced the project on Yellow Bullet back in the winter of 2010 with plenty of work already done, but it’s come a long ways since then.
With a goal to create a hybrid supercar hot rod, Umland set himself up with a twin-turbo LSX engine complete with dual Comp Turbo units, GM Performance Parts LSX-DR cylinder heads and custom intake, and attached it to a Ford GT40 transaxle for a unique mid-engine setup.
Going along with the “supercar” theme, Umland also chose to equip the ‘37 with a C5 Corvette suspension.
But don’t classify Umland’s creation as more modern than vintage just yet. The Coupe, which is reinforced with a custom tube chassis, has all the cultural flair you’d expect from a custom hot rod, from a 5-inch chopped roof and front and rear glass that’s been laid down considerably rather than cut, to fenders that have been sectioned and widened 7 inches.
This amazing hot rod also features a custom fuel cell, Tilton pedal assembly, custom manifold, Model A steering column installed upside down for hidden signals and lights, custom headers, custom shifter made to look like a piston, custom front end and custom grill.
If you haven’t gathered that Umland’s coupe is incredibly custom from front to rear, you haven’t been paying attention.
Now, seemingly done and producing around 1,000hp with 11lbs of boost, the hot rod is still a work in progress. According to Umland’s latest update, the rod has seen a trip down the freeway and seems to be running well, but detailing and finishing are now on his mind. Not that we think this bad ass custom needs anything else, but we’ll definitely be watching for more updates on the build.